NEW NICHE FRAGRANCE RELEASE: ANTIMONY: THE "SMOKY EYE" OF FRAGRANCE - TALISMANIC PERFUMES

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

In celebration of the 7th Anniversary of ÇaFleureBon, eight perfumers were invited to create perfumes drawing inspiration from a brief written by the blog's founder and Editor in Chief, Michelyn Camen.  Her request called for a perfume powerful enough to attract good fortune and ward off negativity - even the dreaded curse of the "evil eye".  House of Matriarch created ANTIMONY in response to Michelyn's brief. 

ANTIMONY
ANTIMONY
 
The smoky eye in fragrance form.  Anointing yourself with ANTIMONY is akin to the ancient protective ritual of rimming your eyes with kohl. This talismanic perfume draws from the noble history of cosmetica and the aromatic materials which have been used throughout time to create "eye shadow" - the most magical cosmetic of all. 

Charred frankincense, kewra, henna, Palo Santo, galangal, sandalwood ashes, spikenard, ghee, copal, oud and precious attars of mitti, kadam and rose have all been used to create enchanted cosmetics throughout history. They are all notes used in the formulation of this beautiful talismanic perfume which contains exactly 111 individual notes.  Subtle by design, exotic florals push up from a primitive base to bloom on your skin as they emanate like an ancient wisp of fine bakhoor.

ANTIMONY

These ancient aromas transport the wearer like a magic carpet to a dimension where cosmetics have magical purposes - the very essence of "a glamour."  A nod to a forgotten lifetime when eye shadow was compounded from powdered minerals, oils and the ashes of incense and applied by a shaman or priestess or in wealthy kingdoms, a Court Perfumer.

ANTIMONY

The minerals antimony and malachite have been among those used around the eyes throughout time due to their reflective properties - they ricochet bad vibes like mirrors. Since they are considered toxic (the alchemists would argue otherwise) they have been banned from use in cosmetics. Mystics and folk healers around the world still use them for their prehistorical purposes in treating ailments of mind and spirit and for compounding sacred cosmetics.
 
 

ANTIMONY. Elemental, Magical, Beautiful, and Powerfully Protective

2017 Debut Vintage.  99.9% Natural  (We use the Natural Perfumer's Guild standards of naturalness in rating each component of the perfume - the strictest standards in the world.)
   
ANTIMONY CARTOUCHE
The first 24 50ml bottles of ANTIMONY are adorned with a handmade copper cartouche talisman decorated with the symbols for the element antimony and the letter M. They were designed by our perfumer Christi Meshell and forged in San Diego, California under the influence of the Gemini full moon. The alternate alchemical symbol for the element antimony can be found on the nameplate's letter O.
 
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PUT YOUR SMELL TO THE TEST: Test for Perfume Enthusiasts Helps Identify Olfactory Blind Spots

Posted on March 09, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

More than 30% of women and nearly 40% of men have SPECIFIC ANOSMIA - olfactory blind spots which impact their evaluation of fragrances.  

Now you can put your olfactory sense to the test to discover what you may be missing with the first of it's kind PERFUME SPECIFIC ANOSMIA TEST PANEL compiled by our Perfumer Christi Meshell.  The panel tests your detection of eight common anosmic materials commonly found in fine fragrances that could be affecting your perfume evaluations and creations. Most are base notes, all are cruelty free and the kit employs both natural and synthetic materials.

Perfume Specific Anosmia Panel by House of Matriarch

Once you learn your results, the remainder of your sample can be used to train your nose to more effectively detect the odors you had difficulty smelling - or perhaps couldn't smell at all.  There have been amazing clinical successes in decreasing 'thresholds of detection' in both men and women who have used this method to increase their sensitivity to aromas that were previously a challenge to detect. 

For those who take smelling seriously, this panel is a must!  Brand owners, creative directors and fragrance critics can now be sure they are among the 60% who can "smell it all" before they begin impressing their ideas and creations onto the rest of the smelling world!

Perfumer Christi Meshell

The economically priced kit includes an email consultation with Christi regarding your results after your test is complete.  Score perfect results and you will receive a "Perfect Nose" certificate which you can proudly share on your website or blog. 

*DISCLAIMER: This panel is for fun, education and self discovery - results do not constitute a medical diagnosis, nor is there a guarantee that improvement in olfaction will result from studying with this kit. All results are being kept confidential.

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House of Matriarch: Magic and Ritual in Perfumery: Activating the Alchemist Within - INTUITIVE FRAGRANCE DESIGN

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch Founder and Perfumer Christi Meshell has been proclaimed as "one of the most gifted Noses in the world".  Jaws drop when it's revealed that this rising star of the luxury fragrance genre has received absolutely zero classical training.
Christi arrived at her station as one of the preeminent Creative Perfumers in the world by way of magic.
Christi Meshell - Magical Perfumer for House of Matriarch
"Scent driven" for her entire life, (20% of the population is) it was not until she reached the juncture in her mystical studies where she worked her way through the natural correspondences of the celestial bodies, signs, musical tones, crystals, the Kabbalah, Chakras and other spiritual systems that she was "activated" as a Perfumer.
Christi Meshell - Magical Perfumer for House of Matriarch Studies Natural Correspondences to Create Her Perfumes
Christi had already amassed an enormous collectionn of essential oils which she had been collecting for a lifetime.  Once she began arranging them in ways that had special, even magical meanings the essences and blends activated her further.
Essence became the Holy Grail of her spiritual studies - it held answers, questions and possibility. It was like some kind of magical healing language she had toned for lifetimes. She dedicated an entire wing of her home to her passion, wrapped up a lucrative 15 year career as a real estate broker on Seattle's upper Eastside and dove straight into creating House of Matriarch.
Perfumer Christi Meshell used to make custom candles for magic and ritual in her kitchen - the start of her life as a Perfumer.
Perfumed candles came first: they became very popular and custom orders from "those who knew" were pouring in. Energy Workers, Astrologers, Musicians, even Orisha Priests could feel the magic the candles possessed due to the intentioned arrangement of the notes. One fateful day someone commented on how they would love to own a perfume that smelled like one of her candles. Everything clicked - since that day in 2009 she has dedicated herself to the High Art of Magical Perfume Making.  She has established the House of Matriarch brand to share her message of beauty, magic and healing with the world. 
Magical Perfumer Christi Meshell
 
The first perfume, Matriarch was launched on Christi's 36th birthday, in 2009. It was a simple blend of just 36 notes.  Now her creations can consist of 300 or more individual essences and are named among the highest quality perfumes on Earth.
 
House of Matriarch Original Perfume 2009 Christi Meshell
We Believe In Magic.

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Fragrance View Vlog Post of Sex Magic in the Forest

Posted on June 09, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

Sex Magic has a blend of thirteen varieties of cedar, exotic sandalwood, and a touch of oud. FragranceView films his review of Sex Magic in a forest of precious woods.

 "Imagine the forest has a black leather floor. Hypnotic and a luxury few can afford."

Sex Magic is an all-natural woody fragrance that includes notes of Gandhi Root, Buddha wood, damiana, evergreens, amber, oud, leather, Mysore sandal, pinewood, moss, violets, cedar blend and choyas. If you are looking for the perfect exotic woody fragrance this summer, Sex Magic is for you! 

 

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Nine House of Matriarch Perfumes: NEWNESS at Select Nordstrom Stores

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch's High Perfumery collection is now available at select Nordstrom stores across the U.S. and at Nordstrom.com.

See all nine fragrances and their descriptions below, then pick up a bottle for yourself or as a gift here.

Albatross

Albatross Aquatic

Rare, magnificent and auspicious, the albatross bird is the captain of the air. The natural marine accord celebrates that spirit, the fresh coolness of where the ocean meets the sky. Salty Salish Sea breezes meet the soft warm notes of cork, driftwood and cottonwood evoking images of seafaring vessels, creosote-soaked timber, and barnacle covered hulls. Set your sights on the horizon, feel the wind in your sails.

Black No 1

Black No 1 Leather

A living work of liquid art, our first cult classic was launched as BLACKBIRD in 2012.   Named “SEXIEST SCENT” at the International Artisan Fragrance Awards, TOP MEN’S FRAGRANCE by Men’s Journal Magazine and BEST OF THE WEST by Sunset Magazine, this worldly and penetrating perfume contains hundreds of exotic natural essences and has a living spirit of it's own.  

Black No. 1 has evolved in it's identity while retaining all of her original magnificence; only the name of this perfume has evolved; the formulation is exactly the same.  Renaming a top selling fragrance is an unprecedented act in the fragrance "business", however Black No. 1 captivates the wearer to a deep and enchanting mystique as it whispers "anything is possible".

Coco Blanc

Coco Blanc Gourmand

The “Gourmand Gold Standard”, an irresistible vanilla musk. The perfume explorer does not need to be a fan of exotic niche fragrances to enjoy this perfume. It is a universally loved accord of the highest quality noble materials which are lactonic, vanillic and warmly appealing to almost everyone.  Not overly sweet like mainstream gourmands, Coco Blanc is exceptionally long-lasting on the skin and perfectly unisex in the dry down, finishing with soft woods and spicy organic vanilla.

Devotion

Devotion Incense

The ultimate incense perfume: massive and timeless. Revered across cultures. The primaeval depths are almost inexplicable and volumes have been written praising this classic arrangement of two key notes: frankincense and myrrh. Resinous, dry and cold with alternating warm and spicy nuances, it’s a whole universe encapsulated in each waft of scented breeze.

Forbidden

Forbidden White Floral

Rooted in layers of historically feared and even outlawed aromatics, Forbidden begins with a erogenous absinthe and damiana opening, then sweetly drops into an intoxicating heart accord of tuberose, wild mushroom and papyrus. A smooth finish of precious woods, snake leather and sweet baked earth complete this long-lasting unisex perfume.

Madrona

Madrona Aromatic

A fragrance born of the Northwest. Dream-inducing lavender fields mingle with towering cedar trees swaying gently in the misted Pacific breeze. An underlying sense of exploration, imbued through a Vetiver base note, keeps this ancient Northwest spirit youthful and exotic. Madrona, whose bark itself look like it was forged of polished bronze, lends more than just a note to this fragrance — it lays the roots of its name.

Orca

Orca Amber

Genuine ambergris is sparkling, earthy, musky and effervescent: grounded yet ethereal. Resins lend an  exotic oriental accord and regal coolness to the amber. Natural honey adds a liquid gold note, enhancing the spicy and leathery qualities that this exquisite amber perfume offers. Dancing between a fresh cleanness and the salty patina of ocean-kissed skin, this fragrance Is an intimate experience, improving throughout the day as it washes you with nuanced waves. Subtle by design.

Sex Magic

Sex Magic Precious Woods

A blend of thirteen varieties of cedar, exotic sandalwood, and a touch of oud. Unquestionably vivid and sonorous, these woods sing with the ancient resonant voice of the aboriginal didgeridoo. These aromatics hearken back thousands of years and their smoky venerable tones play upon the collective unconscious of the wearer. They feel distinctly Tantric in their power. Gandhi root and leather add drama, depth and offer great silage.

Trillium

Trillium Fresh Floral

An invitation to an enchanted tea party. Steeped in a long and noble history, this tea and white floral fantasy fragrance was brewed to capture the spirit of the elusive Great White Trillium flower. Fresh in its unfolding; tart notes from rooibos, exotic flares from aglaia and mimosa and a touch of coffee flower meld, as double blooming Roman chamomile dances above.

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House of Matriarch retail launch: Saturday, November 21st at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

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“FITNESSENCE” The first PREWORKOUT fitness optimizing fragrance!

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

Bellevue’s High Perfumery, House of Matriarch, has partnered with emerging fitness and lifestyle brand ProFusion Labs for the launch of “FITNESSENCE”, the very first aroma-therapeutic 'fitness-optimizing' fragrance to be brought to either the fine fragrance or fitness markets.

Chemist, NASM Fitness Trainer and Founder of ProFusion Labs, Hermes Ormeni studied the aromatherapeutic effects of natural essences which could be measured to offer specific benefits.  In his research, he found that frankincense, black pepper, and vetiver worked to increase oxygen in the brain and at receptor sites throughout the body, improve coordination and balance, and benefit cardiovascular function when inhaled or applied dermally. Essences of goldenrod, carrot seed, galbanum and white ginger were found to offer a profusion of additional mind-body and cellular benefits.Fitnessence - House of Matriarch Fitness Fragrance

“The amazing thing about FITNESSENCE" says Ormeni, "is that it combines ingredients that have a neurological effect proven in scientific studies.  Foods and supplements take time to be absorbed and processed, however, FITNESSENCE begins working immediately, directly affecting the place where your workout begins: your brain.” 

House of Matriarch “Nose” and Fragrance Designer Christi Meshell designed the fragrance from the very finest quality essences, selecting the proper ratio of each essence for a synergistic therapeutic effect. The result, she says was “a gorgeous smelling perfume which is well balanced and rounded. It’s Nature's work. I am thrilled with the scent and excited to be at the tipping point of this new classification of fragrances we are creating.” 

Clinical data aside, test marketers of FITNESSENCE reported that using the fragrance pre-gym brought pleasure to their fitness ritual and delivered on it’s promise to improve their workout. Once female test subject became euphoric during her fitness routine, and she demanded a take-home vial of the fragrance.

FITNESSENCE is 98% natural and organic, with a gender neutral scent. The aroma is green and refreshing on the opening, spicy and earthy on the drydown.....somewhat cooling with a woody, amberesque finish. Ormeni emphasizes “Fitnessence hugs the skin rather than radiating out like synthetic body sprays so it’s even okay in ‘fragrance free’ zones."

House of Matriarch is the premier fragrance house in the US for natural, private label fragrances, and will be producing the perfume to their high standards. ProFusion Labs will market and distribute the proprietary formula. Luckily for Ormeni, he is also a gorgeous fitness model (known online as The Physique Architect) capable of starring in his own marketing campaign.

ProFusion makes it’s debut at The 2015 Emerald Cup Championship (Craig Productions) on May 8th & 9th held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. As the premier fitness and bodybuilding show on the West Coast, the Emerald Cup attracts some 600 competitors, all of whom will receive a trial size of Fitnessence as a special gift in celebration of the launch.  Learn more at www.ProFusionLabs.com or www.HouseofMatriarch.com.

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